I asked a simple question on Twitter late last Saturday night:
I just offered to throw in a Netflix account if Nate Irving re-signs with Denver, what do you guys have? Let's bundle a package.— The Orange Page (@theorangepage) March 13, 2015
And then I was inundated with tweets over the course of the next several days.
It started with a very simple, very Colorado offer:
@theorangepage A 6 pack of 90 Schilling? It’s great beer!— Rich Kurtzman (@RichKurtzman) March 13, 2015
Beer. People love beer everywhere, but in Denver these unshaven men and women really love beer. So it made sense that Ft. Collins' very own Odell Brewing's 90 Shilling was an initial offer. Rich also happens to be the author of Chasing Lombardi: The Elway - Manning Era a great book for any fan of the team to check out.
Then fans got serious.
Within 30 minutes, a haul of a year of X-Box Live, a Sam's Club Membership, Madden 16, FIFA, a Southwestern Air Pass, Call of Duty, Season One of Naked and Afraid and a total of 11 six-packs of beer had been offered up to bring Irving back to wear the orange 5-6.
Now, the thinking among Broncos fans seems to be that maybe Irving is not in Denver's plans with the defense switching to a 3-4 under new/old defensive coordinator Wade Phillips.
But fans don't seem to care.
A six-month subscription to Sirius XM Radio, Jake Moir's girlfriend, an offer of head shaving and donation to increase Irving's dreadlocks and a lifetime-supply of Capri Suns are all on the table, plus 5280 Shirt Shop offered to donate its world class T-shirts.
Then the offers got very serious - two Naval base tours were offered up (Whidbey Naval Air Station and San Diego Naval Base), plus Navy T-shirts.
Colorado's most famous wine connoisseur is ready to give up a bottle from her exclusive collection:
@theorangepage I'll contribute a bottle of his choosing from my wine stash. We all know how big of a deal this is for me to offer.— Sarah Garner (@sarahlgarner) March 13, 2015
Mile High Report's very own got involved:
@theorangepage 32 tokens in Jezru's arcade.— Jess Place (@Jezru) March 13, 2015
Be sure to check out Jezru's Arcade.
There were offers that were original and very much off-topic for this blog family:
@theorangepage damn someone beat me to the virginity offer— leila (@britishcherie) March 13, 2015
And some very highly valued offers:
@theorangepage I will offer him a bottle of Louis XIII.— O.S. (@OSingh91) March 13, 2015
Louis XIII has an average value of $2,100-$3,100 but can be as highly valued as $22,000.
We were receiving regular updates from Colorado Spring's KKTV's Sports Director Sam Farnsworth, who was on the same return flight from Phoenix as the free agent linebacker (where Irving was meeting with the Arizona Cardinals).
Just asked Nate Irving b4 boarding plane if he got an offer. Said 'No, just couple of visits.' Told him fans want him w #Broncos. He said...— Sam Farnsworth (@SamFarnsworth11) March 13, 2015
@theorangepage and he said something about a long-term xBox Live deal. One year not enough.— Sam Farnsworth (@SamFarnsworth11) March 13, 2015
The offers kept flowing in the next day, including a weekend retreat at a mountain cabin in Southwest Montana (with indoor plumbing), a basket of delicious German sausages, an autographed Julius Thomas football, the opportunity to name a first-born child, a one-year membership to CostCo, a Dollar Shave Club membership, a seasonal membership to Cedar Ridges Golf Course, a Mew (with the possibility for a Mewtwo) and finally, free Subway for life (from the Subway near his house).
We are formally presenting this offer to Irving's agent and will update the story as it continues. The Broncos and John Elway have also been notified of the fans' offers.
We'll see what's next Denver fans because as of Monday, Irving is on his way to Indianapolis to meet with the Colts.